So you think you're ready to move? Not so fast. Before you move there are a lot of things you have to do. Here's a to do list of things to take care of before moving day.
1. Choose what type of move you want
Do you want a full service move or do it yourself move? Full service means you pay top dollar for a moving company to move all of your possessions and ship them to your new house. If you choose the DIY approach, you will need to rent a moving truck and transport your own possessions.
2. Budget your move
Budgeting your move is important to do before you move so you don't get into anything that you can't actually afford. Be sure to get multiple quotes from different moving companies and be wary of hidden fees. Write out all the possible moving expenses and keep track of them as the moving process begins.
3. Pick the right mover
You should always get estimates from at least three different moving companies. Consider your own needs and the reputation and policies of the individual mover. Choosing the right moving company is critical since it can completely alter how successful the rest of you move is.
4. Get rid of unwanted goods
You are not going to take everything you ever owned to your new house. Some things you just don't want anymore. Donate or sell old toys, clothes, and furniture if possible. Leave some appliances for the new homeowners. Find a responsible way to dispose of everything else that you don't want.
5. Review insurance policies
Before you sign anything with the moving company you chose, you should review their insurance policies. Do you want to pay for replacement protection or released protection? What won't they cover? How much do you want to spend to make sure that you will be reimbursed if something of yours is broken or lost during the moving process?
6. Find real estate agents
If you are moving to a new home, chances are you want to sell your old home. Unless you plan on doing all that work yourself in the midst of your move, you should hire a real estate agent. The vetting process for these agents is generally the same as it is for moving companies.
7. Transfer medical records
You will likely have a new general care physician in your new home. Be sure to have your old physician transfer your medical records and you prescriptions to you. You then can bring this information to your new doctors in your new location.
8. Transfer bank accounts
You need access to your bank account when you move as well. If your bank has locations near your new home, then you simply need to notify them about the change of address. However, if you need a new bank at your new location, you're going to have to cancel your account and start a new one at a bank near your new home.
9. Clean your old home
It is important to clean your old home before you move, not just because you want to be considerate for your prospective home buyers, but because you may find things of your own that you did not want to leave behind while moving.
10. Unplug everything and notify your electric company
If you are leaving appliances behind, be sure to unplug them when you leave to avoid wasted electricity. Remember to close your account with the electric company on the day you are moving out. Contact the new electric company before you move in, as well in order to ensure you don't end up at a house with no electricity.
11. Friends and family
The social aspect of moving is just as important as the financial aspect. Your family should all know about the move and hopefully be ready for it well before moving day. Your friends should have also been notified of your move in advance. That way, you should have time to say goodbye and set up plans to keep in touch from your new home.
12. Create a traveler's kit
For the first few days of life in your new home, you probably aren't going to have easy access to all of your belongings. You should pack a little bag like you were going to stay at a hotel for two or three days. This allows you to do just that if something goes wrong with your move, and it allows you to sleep a night or two before you unpack everything in your new home.
13. Prepare packing materials
Unless you plan on paying for the moving company to provide all of the packing materials, you are going to have to get your own together. Boxes, tape, cushioning material, and labels are all need to make packing go smoothly.
The last thing you need to do before you move is to pack! That doesn't mean you should do it all at once on moving day. Preparing some things early can help you get a head start and will make the packing and organization process much easier for you and/or the movers.